“…a gentle and extraordinarily beautiful new play”. – New York Times
Original Music and Lyrics by Michael Chernus, Patch Darragh and Erin Ann
Directed by Jonathan Bohun Brady
Thursday, January 17, 2013 - Sunday, January 27, 2013
W, TH, F, SAT at 8:00 PM
SUN at 2:00 PM
$18.00 / $20.00
Triad Stage UpStage Cabaret
232 Elm Street
Box Office: (336)-272-0160
Paper Lantern Theatre Company launches its fifth season with the Obie Award-winning The Aliens by Annie Baker. In a back alley behind a small town New England coffee shop, two 30-something slackers pontificate on music, philosophy and Bukowski. Fueled by ‘shroom laced tea and acoustic guitar riffs, they write novels and music the world will never see or hear. In walks 17 year old Evan, a smart but achingly awkward coffee shop employee who asks them to leave. He is the protégé they’ve been waiting for. So begins the education of Evan, and a surprising friendship that leaves all of them changed forever.
Sterling Hurst (KJ)
Sterlings regional credits include: Reynard the Fox, Julius Caesar, Suburbia, and Horn in the West. Former member of NYC indie improv teams HAprov and Swartzlander. Founder of the LA based sketch comedy group Mandoodle. Education: BFA Acting from UNC Greensboro. He’s kinda obsessed with Salvador Dali and loves wind chimes. He’s absolutely thrilled and thankful to debut for the Paper Lantern Theatre Company. Keep up with Sterling at www.facebook.com/jesterlinghurst
Triad Stage: The Woman in Black (director), Dial “M” for Murder, Billy Bishop Goes to War, A Christmas Carol (2010, 2011), Doubt. Off-Broadway: Nature of Mutation (Urban Stages) and Security (The Drilling Company). Regional: Guthrie Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Virginia Stage Company, Caldwell Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Players Theatre Columbus, Idaho Repertory, Playwrights Center, Alaskan Shakespeare Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, New Theatre. Television: As the World Turns. Josh is a member of the theatre faculty at UNCG. Education: Northern Kentucky University, Yale School of Drama.
Owen Hickle-Edwards (Evan)
Owen Hickle-Edwards is a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and is excited to be working with Paper Lantern Theater for the first time. His UNCW credits include Katurian in The Pillowman, Valentine in Arcadia, and Mr. Smith in The Bald Soprano. He would like to dedicate his performance to Neil Blackman, who once said, ‘I can’t wait to hear the songs you write.’”
Jonathan Bohun Brady (Director)
Matthew Emerson (Lighting and Scenic Design)
Jonathan Fredette (Sound Design)
Debbie Tyrrell (Stage Manager)
Annie Baker (Playwright) Annie Baker grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her full-length plays include BODY AWARENESS (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright), CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), THE ALIENS (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, OBIE Award for Best New American Play), and NOCTURAMA. Her work has also been developed and produced at New York Theatre Workshop, MCC, Soho Rep, the Orchard Project, the Ontological-Hysteric, Ars Nova, the Huntington, South Coast Rep, the Magic Theater, the Cape Cod Theatre Project, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in Utah and Ucross, Wyoming. Annie is a member of New Dramatists, MCC’s Playwrights Coalition, and EST, and an alumna of Youngblood, Ars Nova’s Play Group, and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Recent honors include a New York Drama Critics Circle Special Citation, a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nomination, a Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship, and commissions from Center Theatre Group and Playwrights Horizons. MFA, Mac Wellman’s playwriting program at Brooklyn College.